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Dahlonega, Georgia: Indian Princess Grave in a Traffic Intersection

A pile of stones in a traffic intersection marks the grave of the Cherokee princess Trahlyta. The stones have been dropped by generations of passers-by who want good luck from the poor princess.

Stone Pile Gap Rd, Dahlonega, GA
From Dahlonega, drive north around eight miles on US 19/Hwy 60. The pile of stone and plaque that mark the grave are in the traffic intersection where US 19 and Hwy 60 spilt.
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Stone Pile.

Indian Princess Grave in a Traffic Intersection

The historical marker signage is no longer at the site, but the stones (many decorated) are still piling up.

[Maria Sutherland, 04/23/2021]

Cherokee princess Trahlyta's grave.

Indian Princess Grave in a Traffic Intersection

Cherokee princess Trahlyta's grave is still there. Big, random, cool pile of rocks! [Ethan Logan, 08/27/2018]

Stone from grave.

Grave of Cherokee Princess Trahlyta

Princess Trahlyta's rock pile is doing well. On 8-5-2015 I added my own rock to the pile.

[Ralph Calhoun, 09/12/2015]

Adding a stone to the poor princess's rocky grave pile is said to bring good luck. Conversely, taking a stone is asking for big trouble.

Trahlyta's Grave.

Indian Princess Trahlyta's Grave

This pile of stones marks the grave of a Cherokee princess, Trahlyta. According to legend her tribe, living on Cedar Mountain north of here, knew the secret of the magic springs of eternal youth from the Witch of Cedar Mountain. Trahlyta, kidnapped by a rejected suitor, Wahsega, was taken far away and lost her beauty. As she was dying, Wahsega promised to bury her near her home and the magic springs. Custom arose among the Indians and later the Whites to drop stones, one for each passerby, on her grave for good fortune. The magic springs, now known as Porter Springs, lie 3/4 mile northeast of here.

[Kevin, 05/03/2003]

Sept. 2015: Photo added.

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